Spanish Chicken and Rice Supper
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
4-6 servings


3/4 cup (175 ml) frozen peas
1 tsp (5 ml) paprika
1/2 tsp (2 ml) salt
1/2 tsp (2 ml) pepper
8 boneless, skinless, chicken thighs
2 tbsp (30 ml) butter, divided
1 (small) red bell pepper, diced
1 (small) onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup (250 ml) long-grain rice
1 cup (250 ml) low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup (250 ml) milk
1/2 tsp (2 ml) saffron threads, crumbled (optional)
1 bay leaf
2 (small) plum tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup (60 ml) small pimiento-stuffed green olives
1/4 cup (60 ml) parsley, coarsely chopped


  1. Remove peas from freezer. Stir paprika with salt and pepper; sprinkle all over chicken.
  2. Melt 1 tbsp (15 ml) butter in a very large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until golden, about 4 min per side. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. In same pan, melt remaining butter over medium heat. Add red pepper, onion and garlic; cook 2 min. Add rice; stir to combine. Add broth, milk, saffron, if using, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Return chicken and any juices to pan. Nestle chicken in rice. Cover with a tight-fitting lid or foil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 min. Uncover and scatter tomatoes and peas over rice. Cook covered until liquid is mostly absorbed and rice is tender, 10 to 15 more min. Let stand 5 min. Stir in olives and sprinkle with parsley.